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November 2007

November 13, 2007

Antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

A new, antibiotic-resistant strain of Staph bacteria has made its presence known in the US. Once mostly found in hospitals, the strain is now spreading through casual contact in communities. It is extremely difficult to control with Western medicine, although strides are being made. This Staph infection is particularly dangerous to susceptible populations, the sick, the elderly and the very young.

The question is: Do "alternative" healing modalities have something to add to the conversation? What can we, as Healers, offer in the way of prevention and/or cure?

Here's what I said on the Ojai Post, where the question was first raised:

Wash your hands regularly. I don't suggest antibacterial soap unless you think you've been exposed, but do rub vigorously. Some hospitals are increasing their use of alcohol-based washes, as that seems to kill the bacteria. Alcohol can be used on surfaces like doorknobs as well, but be aware that this strain of Staph can also live in fabrics.

Get plenty of rest.

Eat plenty of veggies and fruits and minimal meat, dairy and wheat products. Caffeine, sugar, alcohol (yes even wine) and recreational drugs (yes, even marijuana) also depress the immune system.

Drink lots of water. Divide your weight by two. Drink at least that many ounces of water per day. Diet coke does not count as water. Water counts as water.

Some people claim that taking digestive enzymes and/or probiotics (good bacteria) can help stave off infection. Both are available at Rainbow Bridge or on my website (www.ojaicolontherapy.com/store.html). (You can also call me and pick it up at the office).

There is a lot of debate about the preventative use of things like Olive Leaf Extract, Echinacea, etc. I don't use them that way but I might take them if I get sick.

Chinese herbalists are great at building immune power. I've personally had great results with one here in town, Nathan Kaehler.